Yvonne returned to Oxford in 2017, having read Music as an undergraduate at Christ Church (1999–2002) and graduated with first class honours. In her funded position as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow she is also an Early Career Fellow at TORCH (and a member of the TORCH Management Committee, 2019–20), and a Non-Stipendiary Postdoctoral Associate in the Humanities at St Cross College.
Yvonne is a music historian primarily of colonialism and its effects in the twentieth century, and of their implications for scholarly advocacy and intervention in the twenty-first. Her current book project, Imperfect Global: Thinking European Music Cultures in Shanghai and Hong Kong, 1897–1997 centres on the musicological production of ‘global’ knowledge and its articulations of thought-practice in new ethical terms. Developing in parallel with the monograph is her co-editorship, with Erin Johnson-Williams and Roe-Min Kok, of The Oxford Handbook of Music Colonialism, a multi-essay volume contracted in 2020 with Oxford University Press. Her research to date has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Musical Association and King’s College London; and in the collaborative interdisciplinary arena, she is a co-recipient of a TORCH Network Grant for Colonial Ports and Global History (CPAGH). With Olivia Bloechl and Gabriel Solis, she is a founding co-organiser of the American Musicological Society’s Global Music History Study Group.
A keen advocate of musicology as an intersectional collaborative practice in the humanities, Yvonne co-founded in 2018 the interdisciplinary network, CPAGH, with three historians, a social anthropologist and a fellow musicologist. The network’s mission, public engagement and other past and upcoming activities are detailed here: https://torch.ox.ac.uk/cpagh
Postcolonial music studies and global thought-practices, with a focus on port cities of the twentieth century; critical fresh perspectives on western music history and historiography in post-European settings and contexts; archives and music research